Spring 2018

"Raise the glass! Start the song! Come, let’s cheer, let’s drink, As long as the bright stars shine, as long as the fine bottle bestows on us its content, and the full glass beckons us to enjoyment. Come, my friends, let’s make a toast! Let us all drink!" (Anon., 16thC)

We would like to raise our glass with you on the dawn of this new year in a literal way: during the performance of Lassus Grand Cru, wine flows abundantly to the sounds of Lassus' sweet and danceable songs. In our performance of Slumber, soprano Lore Binon, cellist Benjamin Glorieux and lutenist Jurgen De bruyn will submerge you in nightly atmospheres. Furthermore, 2018 brings many foreign adventures. Coming spring, Zefiro Torna will tour the Netherlands (Slumber and Lassus Grand Cru), France (Scattered Rhymes), Italy (De Fragilitate), Germany and the Czech Republic (Lassus Grand Cru).

We wish you a creative, lovely and exquisit 2018!


Warm and festive sounds

Sunday 29 October is the end of daylight saving time. No better medicine to enter the cold winter days than the warm, healing sounds of the Balsam production. After a sold-out Belgian premiere in Leuven, we will bring this program to Bierbeek on 29 October.

A day earlier we will make some Brugse cafés unsafe, together with vocal ensemble Viermaliks, with drinking songs of Orlandus Lassus during Klara's event 'Iedereen Klassiek'. The grand finale of this Lassus Café Chantant will take place in the Concertgebouw Brugge.


Premiere B.I.G.

After the successful collaboration with the puppet theatre group Ultima Thule during NERF (2013), we are presenting a second music theatre performance B.I.G. (14+). The production will be premiered on 15 September at the Minardschouwburg in Ghent, and will then continue on a tour through Flanders.


Summer 2017

A month ago, we ended our concert season with JUST =, an extraordinary production in cooperation with ARSENAAL / LAZARUS, commissioned by the city festival OP.RECHT.MECHELEN. In the meantime, we are working on the brand new musical theatre production B.I.G., which will premiere coming autumn. And of course, we are looking forward to the summer festivals in Belgium and abroad.

Read our newsletter and find out where to find us this summer. We wish you a splendid summer!


Impressive closing of our season

JUST = was not only an impressive closing of the cultural part of the city festival OP.RECHT.MECHELEN., but also the icing on the cake of our anniversary season. Over 1500 spectators witnessed scenes on the Solomon judgment, a post-war process, a scandal concert, letters of detainees and disarmed justice systems, performed by an impressive cast under the supervision of Willy Thomas and Jurgen De Bruyn.

"The concept created by Willy Thomas and Jurgen de bruyn invites the spectator to think about a system that judges people. (...) JUST= entertains the audience with a variety of artful scenes that serve a wide palette of taste, supported by a strong musical soundtrack. " (25.05.2017, Jan De Smet for De Morgen)

Check out the photoshoot by Kurt Van der Elst


Llibre Vermell

— Llibre Vermell De Montserrat (2012)

Psallentes – Zefiro Torna

The setting is a peaceful summer’s evening. A small group of pilgrims is resting, leaning against the church wall of the Abbey of Montserrat. They have travelled far and made their long journey to come and worship the famous black Madonna. In the proximity of Mother and Child, these pilgrims expect enlightenment, forgiveness, purification, inspiration and a new beginning.

Very soon and even ‘in situ’, some of the pilgrims return to their perverted habits. After their long journey they need to blow off steam, they drink, make a racket singing and dancing wildly. But not so these quiet pilgrims against the church wall. They are enjoying each other’s company. They also want to erupt in song, but these are songs of a complete other nature: to pass the time in the evening, they sing songs for the Madonna. They know their classics through and through.

They claim to be able to sing the 'O, Virgo spledens' in a triple canon. And the 'Los set Gotx' we will bring in their own tongue, not in Latin. We sum up the seven virtues of the Virgin Mary. And in the 'Ad mortem festinamus', we reflect thoroughly on our sins and death. They are all well known songs and the Abbey’s monks have written them down meticulously in a booklet, as if they wanted to say: “These songs and no other”.

Psallentes and Zefiro Torna have once again opened this booklet.

Zefiro Torna

Liam Fennelly or Manuela Bucher fiddle
Jowan Merckx flutes, bagpipes, percussion
Jurgen De bruyn medieval lute, guiterne, percussion, artistic direction


Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Paul Schils
Philippe Souvagie
Govaart Haché
Adriaan De Koster
Pieter Coene